Seahawks hope to strike gold again in later rounds
RENTON, Wash. (AP) — John Schneider has mapped out his vision for the Seahawks' future and it involves detailed plans for keeping his team a contender for more than just one season.
They serve as the general manager's guidelines for how Seattle's roster is constructed, both in talent and money, and how to proceed in years to come.
The Seahawks didn't have a pick in the first round of the NFL draft on Thursday night. That's fine by Schneider, who believes the Seahawks are in an enviable position, from the standpoint of roster talent and salary constraints, because of how often Seattle has hit on key players in the middle to late rounds of the draft over the past three years.
Those finds have left the Seahawks with a stacked roster and financial flexibility to make additions other teams can't.
Dolphins trade up to take OLB Jordan with 3rd pick
DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — The Miami Dolphins have traded up to the No. 3 overall pick in the NFL draft to select outside linebacker Dion Jordan of Oregon.
The Dolphins swung a trade Thursday night with Oakland, giving up the No. 12 and No. 42 overall choices. The latter was the first of two picks Miami had in the second round.
Three of the first four picks were tackles, and Miami was in the market for help at that position, but instead opted to upgrade a defense that tied for fourth-worst in the league last year in takeaways.
The 6-foot-6, 240-pound Jordan had 14.5 sacks in 45 games with Oregon.
Bears take Oregon's Long with 20th pick
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The Chicago Bears have selected Oregon guard Kyle Long with the 20th pick in the NFL draft.
There were a number of ways the Bears could have gone given their needs for depth and youth on both sides of the ball. They were also interested in moving down and acquiring more picks since they had just five.
Some mock drafts had the Bears going with linebackers Alec Ogletree of Georgia and Notre Dame's Manti Te'o, along with Fighting Irish tight end Tyler Eifert. All three were on the board.
Instead, they decided to add to an offensive line that has ranked among the worst in recent years.
Long is the son of former Raiders star Howie Long and the brother of St. Louis Rams defensive end Chris Long.
Falcons trade up to get Huskies CB Desmond Trufant
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons have traded up to select Washington cornerback Desmond Trufant in the NFL draft.
The Falcons worked a deal with the St. Louis Rams to land the 22nd overall pick Thursday night. They swapped the 30th selection and also gave up their third- and six-round picks.
Trufant fills a major need after Atlanta lost three cornerbacks during the offseason. Dunta Robinson was cut in a cost-cutting move, while Brent Grimes and Christopher Owens signed with other teams in free agency. That left only four cornerbacks on the roster.
General manager Thomas Dimitroff has become known for his draft-day deals, most notably landing receiver Julio Jones a couple of years ago. Now, the Falcons have pulled off another notable trade.
Rookie season over, Mariota seeks to lead Ducks
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Quarterback Marcus Mariota is ready to take on more of a leadership role with the Oregon Ducks this season.
Last year at this time, Mariota was a redshirt freshman and an unknown commodity, having played only on the practice squad. He emerged during the spring game and eventually supplanted supposed starter Bryan Bennett in fall camp.
Throughout his rookie season, he mostly left the leadership to the seniors. He says it's his turn now.
Oregon finished last season 12-1 with a 35-17 victory over No. 7 Kansas State in the Fiesta Bowl. It was the Ducks' fourth straight trip to a BCS bowl game and second straight win. Oregon was ranked No. 2 in the season's final AP Top 25.
Oregon's preparation for the coming season started earlier this month with spring practice.
Peguero, Seager power Mariners over Angels, 6-0
SEATTLE (AP) — Carlos Peguero hit a mammoth homer in his first at-bat of the season and Kyle Seager had a two-run homer to help the Seattle Mariners beat the Los Angeles Angels 6-0 on Thursday night.
Peguero hit his solo shot on a 3-2 pitch from Garrett Richards (1-1) in the third, 451 feet to deep center. The only two longer home runs in the stadium's 12½-year history were 462 feet by San Francisco's Barry Bonds (June 16, 2006) and 460 feet by Mariners' Raul Ibanez (June 20, 2007).
It's believed Peguero is the second player ever to hit the centerfield batter's eye. The other was Mike Napoli in 2008.
Rookie Brandon Maurer (2-3) went 6 1-3 innings to pick up the victory. He allowed seven hits, struck out six and walked one.
Inadvertent evacuation message at M's ballpark
SEATTLE (AP) — The Seattle Mariners say a pre-recorded announcement that requested fans to evacuate Safeco Field before Thursday's Mariners-Angels game was a mistake.
About two hours before the 7:10 p.m. game time, a technician pressed the wrong button and the unnecessary evacuation announcement was heard. There was no follow-up to the announcement, but there were few people in the ballpark at the time.
Club officials told ushers around the park to spread the word that announcement was inadvertent and there was no need to leave.
NBA committee deciding Kings' fate to meet Monday
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The NBA committee deciding whether the Sacramento Kings should be sold and relocated to Seattle will hold a meeting via conference call Monday.
An NBA spokesman confirmed Thursday that the committee, consisting of 12 league owners, will convene on a call instead of in person. Whenever the committee issues a recommendation, NBA owners will have at least seven business days to review the report before a vote can take place.
The Maloof family has had an agreement since January to sell a 65 percent controlling interest in the Kings to a Seattle group led by hedge-fund manager Chris Hansen. Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson has helped put together a competing counteroffer complete with a new arena plan and an ownership group headed by software tycoon Vivek Ranadive.
UW picks up former Gillette standout
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LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming women's basketball has picked up a transfer from Washington State.
UW coach Joe Legerski announced that Gillette native Jordan Kelley will join the Cowgirls after spending the last two seasons at Washington State.
Under NCAA transfer rules, Kelley will have to sit out next season and will have two years of eligibility remaining.
The 5-foot-10 guard appeared in 25 games off the bench during her freshman campaign but missed this past season because of injury. She averaged 1 point and about 5 minutes per contest her freshman year.
At Campbell County High School, Kelley was a four-time All-Conference and three-time All-State selection. During her senior year at Gillette, she was also named a Top-40 Parade All-American and a McDonald's All-American.
Ducks upend Canucks 3-1
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Brad Staubitz's second-period goal sent the Anaheim Ducks to a 3-1 victory over the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday.
Staubitz's goal on a shot from right wing at 8:21 of the second proved to be the winner as it gave the Ducks a 2-0 lead that held up after 40 minutes before a Vancouver rally fell short in the third.
The Ducks improved to 30-11-6 in their final road game of the regular season.
The loss ended Vancouver's home win streak at nine games as their record dropped to 26-14-7. The Canucks finished with a 15-6-3 home mark.
Matt Beleskey, also in the second period, and Andrew Cogliano, with a short-handed empty-netter in the final minute of the third, scored for the Ducks.
Jason Garrison scored for the Canucks during a five-on-three power play late in the third period.